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April’s seventh

April’s seventh

RED WING, Minn. – Tommy Skarlis was competitive like always during the 2011 tournament season. But in many respects, it was a disappointing year in that he failed to close after leading several major events. In fact, he was one day away from becoming the first pro to win two National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championships until he stumbled and watched Dan Stier steal the show. The one that stung the most, however, was blowing a huge lead at the AIM event held on the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. READ MORE »

Skarlis wins National Guard FLW Walleye Tour season opener on Mississippi River

Skarlis wins National Guard FLW Walleye Tour season opener on Mississippi River

RED WING, Minn. – Pro Brian Bjorkman of Fargo, N.D. tried to make the final day of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude exciting by bringing in a 28 pound 11 ounce sack, the heaviest sack of the day, with his co-angler Keith Keivens of Toledo Ohio. It would fall short and Pro Tommy Skarlis of Waukon, Iowa, and co-anger Tim Lessila of Milwaukee, Wis., who caught four walleyes weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces was enough for Skarlis to get his first title on the Mississippi River. Skarlis’ three day total of 14 walleyes weighing 72 pound, 8 ounces was nearly 9 pounds greater than Bjorkman’s in an event featuring anglers from 15 states and Canada. Skarlis win earned him $63,000. READ MORE »

Mr. April accumulates 17-pound, 7-ounce lead

Mr. April accumulates 17-pound, 7-ounce lead

RED WING, Minn. – Veteran pro Tommy Skarlis has done just about everything in 16 years of competitive walleye fishing, but he’s never won a tour-level event on his home waters of the Mississippi River. With a massive 17-pound, 7-ounce lead, that looks like it’s about to change, although Skarlis insists he still has work to do. READ MORE »

Skarlis increases lead at National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Mississippi River

Skarlis increases lead at National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Mississippi River

RED WING, Minn. – According to pro Tommy Skarlis of Waukon, Iowa, the only thing worse for his style of fishing than high skies is lightening. Today’s high skies didn’t seem to slow him down too much as he brought another five walleye limit weighing 20 pounds, 13 ounces to the scales on day two of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour presented by Evinrude. READ MORE »

Skarlis leads National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Mississippi River

Skarlis leads National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on Mississippi River

RED WING, Minn. – The steady rain that settled in late Thursday didn’t hamper walleye pro Tommy Skarlis of Waukon, Iowa, and his co-angler Jimmy Cox of Bono, Ark., on the first day of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour presented by Evinrude. They brought in a limit of five walleyes weighing 36 pounds, 12 ounces to take a dominating lead on day one of the season opener being held on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn. READ MORE »

Skarlis scores big on Mississippi River

Skarlis scores big on Mississippi River

RED WING, Minn. – Bolstered by a mammoth catch of 36 pounds, 12 ounces, veteran pro Tommy Skarlis of Waukon, Iowa, blistered the rest of the field along with co-angler partner Jimmy Cox of Bono, Ark., to grab the overall lead at the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event on the Mississippi River. READ MORE »

National Guard FLW Walleye Tour kicks off 2012 season on Mississippi River

National Guard FLW Walleye Tour kicks off 2012 season on Mississippi River

RED WING, Minn. – After a nearly seven-month hiatus since the conclusion of the 2011 season, the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour is finally back in action. Facing off against the fickle and unpredictable waters of the Mississippi River, walleye anglers will certainly have their work cut out for them this week if they are to have any hope of walking away the tournament title and the top award of $63,000. READ MORE »

Low water levels playing field

Low water levels playing field

RED WING, Minn. – With the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour preparing to kick the 2012 season off on the mighty Mississippi River there is one noticeable difference. What happened to all of the water? With the surprising lack of snow and ice throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin it has left water levels below average for this time of year. READ MORE »